Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Chess Therapy" in Anima

My poem "Chess Therapy" made it into the debut edition of the intelligent and well-produced Anima. Here's hoping Anima will stick around for many years providing food for thought.

"Candle Ritual" in Crannóg

I wish I could have been at the launch reading in Galway on June 26, but I'm still delighted to have my poem, "Candle Ritual," appear in Ireland's amazing Crannóg Magazine. It's on p.25 of Issue #39–the one with the beautiful owl on the cover.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The No Face

Hawaii's long-running journal Bamboo Ridge Issue #106, launched this week, includes my short story "The No Face" based on the Japanese folk tale of noppera-bou set in the 21st century. Oops! I posted too soon. Publication has been delayed, but #106 should be out in September. Stay tuned!

Don't Count Any Star Twice

Vignettes are making a comeback! A vignette is prose that evokes a scene, character, or event but does not require a plot or epiphany to make it a story. Two of my vignettes, "Don't Count Any Star Twice" and "Hand Tools," were published today in Hermeneutic Chaos Journal Issue #8. Both concern fathers.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Made a Fool

"Made a Fool" is a poem inspired by the Fool card of the tarot deck, which is number zero. Watch closely for the pun of the word that contains both letters and numbers. I identify with the fool, wanting to enjoy life and be a little silly while those around me can be so dang ambitious and serious. You have to scroll down quite a ways for it: Allegro Poetry Issue 3 March 2015.

Monday, February 16, 2015


And here is my first publication for 2015, a poem titled "Accident" published by Hermes Poetry Journal. The story of this poem is true--for better or worse!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Wheel in the Sky

Here's my final 2014 publication: a speculative story about battling technology with mythology in Devilfish Review.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


"Moving" is an appropriate poem to end the year that I wrote while contemplating the Death card in tarot and am so happy to have published in The Pedestal Magazine, one of my top favorite literary journals. I am still waiting to have an auspicious dream on New Year's Eve in the Japanese way (to dream of Mt. Fuji, eagles, or eggplant, in that order). But there are also useful dreams and nightmares that help us find our true paths in life. So, may your dreams either be useful (like my poem "Moving") or auspicious. Happy 2015!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Limitless out of the Dusk

My short story titled "Limitless out of the Dusk" (from Whitman's poem "When Lilacs Last Bloomed")is now online in Issue #13 of Waccamaw Journal.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Essay and 3 Poems in TIQ

The supportive editors at Turtle Island Quarterly have nominated my essay that incorporates three poems for a 2016 Pushcart Prize! You can read them in Issue #6 Chapter #2 of Turtle Island Quarterly

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Writing Contest Tips

This June and July, I've been busy reading poems and stories as a volunteer screener for a writing contest. I learned a lot from the experience, and share my findings in this article: Leave comments at The Review Review (a great resource for writers.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Bar-Girl

I am thrilled to have my poem about Monet's famous painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergères appear in a wonderful art magazine with a terrific illustration. Check out the summer issue of COLLECT and leave a message.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2nd Prize Poem

My poem "Strip" won second prize in the 2014 Gemini Magazine Poetry Open. Do you think my being a Gemini helped? Check it out at GEMINI MAGAZINE.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New short story online May 19

Please visit the wonderful Read Short Fiction site and comment on my story "Replacement" featured this May 2014. Consider yourself warned that this is a literary story and includes a sex scene and some mild drug references. But I want to hear about the lines that made you laugh.